West Somerset Community College

West Somerset College


The West Somerset community College has a well-deserved reputation as a friendly, caring and ambitious organization providing the best possible education to the community it serves. The Colleges Outdoor Education provision, including the College Farm Unit enables students to extend learning beyond the classroom and to gain the practical skills and experience required in the agricultural industries.

The facilities at West Somerset Community College include:

  • 24 acres of land
  • A flock of 40 Exmoor Mule sheep, Texel and Suffolk rams.
  • A suckler herd of Red Devon cattle.
  • A small herd of Pedigree Gloucester Old Spot pigs.
  • A selection of poultry including turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese.
  • A barn for animal accommodation, feed and machinery storage.
  • A teaching base including farm office, kitchen, produce storage and farm shop.
  • An Agriculture laboratory for scientific investigation and analysis.
  • An outdoor area (part of the garden designed and built by Land Based students) in which there is a small animals area for mammals and aviaries.
  • A Preparation room for the breeding and preparation of food

Courses Offered at West Somerset Community College:

Level 1 City & Guilds In Land Based Studies

Level 2 City & Guilds in Animal Care

Level 2 GCSE in Agriculture & Environmental Studies

Level 2 GCSE in Animal Care & Environmental Studies

Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management

Level 3 City and Guilds  Diploma in Agriculture

Level 2 Apprenticeships in:

Work-Based Land-Based Engineering

Business & Administration

Level 3 Apprenticeships in


Business & Administration

What a student has to say:

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“I’ve always been interested in agriculture despite the fact that I don’t come from a farming family. The excellent facilities at the West Somerset Community College Farm enabled me to further my passion and knowledge. My course is great, allowing me to work with a variety of farm livestock including beef cattle, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens & ponies. The course allows me to gain lots of practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge.”

Hatty Tucker – BTEC Extended Diploma in Agriculture.


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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.